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's discredited. george w. did that for us. with romney we've been doing what we did before. what got us into trouble before, hoping that doing it the same way would have a different result. there's no logical reason to believe that would be so. that's "hardball" for tonight. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> thanks, chris, and thanks to you for tuning in. we are 14 days to election day and here's where the race stands. a new poll shows president obama with a two-point national lead over mitt romney. 48% to 46%. nbc's battleground map shows the president has 243 electoral votes, solidly in his corner while mitt romney has 206 in his. 89 electoral votes are considered toss ups. remember, it takes 270 votes to win the presidency. the latest from the "new york times'" 538 blog gives the president a 78% chance of winning. romney has 30% chance. 5.1 million people have already voted. that includes more than 812,000 people in the key state of ohio. we'll have much more later in the show. but we start with tonight's lead. plan of attack. at a big
join us at 7:00 p.m. for another live edition of "hardball." "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> thanks, chris. and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead, fight night in denver. in just under three hours, president obama and governor romney will meet on the stage at the university of colorado in their first debate where tens and millions of americans watching at home. the debate will showcase two competing visions for america, two conflicting views of government, a clash of ideas about the kind of democracy we want. it could hardly be a more stark choice for the country. but this is also personal it's about two men and who are and how they will connect with the american people. no doubt about it, this is a big night. join me now, cynthia tucker and erin mcpike who covers the campaign for real clear politics. thank you both for coming on the show. >> thank you. >> thanks for having me. >> erin, let me go to you first. mitt romney is behind. what does he need to cover up? what does he need to do tonight? >> he needs to show, especially middle class voter
't bring up the 47% video because it has been devastating to romney. obama has used it in ads and it plays into the perception of romney as a very rich guy who is completely out of touch with ordinary voters. however, i can't imagine that romney hasn't are practiced responses to that. he's already had an ad where he sits down, faces the camera, he tries to assure voters that he wants to help 100% of americans, everybody. but the danger for romney is seeming fake or false when he tries to connect. he has, no doubt, practiced a lot, rehearsed a lot. he has a lot of answers already planned but can he seem genuine when he's given that answer -- those answers as something to watch out for? >> now, erin, the 47%, according to all polling, has really crushed romney. the latest poll shows 45% of americans said it gave them a more negative view of romney. now the polls show 55% had a negative reaction. so he has to deal with it if it comes up and it's likely to come up. you heard cynthia say that he's had to have some kind of answer and he's had to have an answer. >> his campaign had said earlier t
is that the obama campaign found one word that they can use on almost every issue where they need to redefine romney and remind people where we used to stand. >> you know, i think it is perfect to reduce it to a slogan now really something that people can remember and a lot of inconsistencies. but at the same time, when you look at the facts, e.j., look at this that shows 41 out of 50 states have an unemployment rate that is getting better, is going down from august to september. now, if you have 41 out of 50 states, the unemployment rate is getting better, actually going down and that is not good when mr. romney wants to tell people we are going in the wrong direction when, in fact, 41 states are saying things are getting better. >> well, i think that's been a problem for governor romney now for several weeks. when he lost his favorite sound bite about 42 months of unemployment above 8% when it went down nationally below 7.8 and you've got some of the swing states where the unemployment rate is well below the national rate, it's one of the things that has happened in ohio which still is the centerp
and analysis. stay with us for a special midnight edition of "hardball." "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >> thanks, chris, and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead, fight night in kentucky. less than three hours until biden versus ryan. the stakes couldn't be higher. both sides are pumped up. paul ryan seems especially pumped up. >> before too long, we could become as a saudi we were never intended to be. we could become a society where the net majority of americans are makers, not takers. 70% of americans want the american believe. they believe the american idea. >> ready to rumble. watch out, uncle joe. actually, "time" magazine released these photos today showing congressman ryan pumping iron last december, not exactly the images he wants out the night before he needs to prove that he's ready to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. ryan's workout routine probably won't come up tonight but his macho vision for the country will and it should. ryan and romney are pushing a radical remaking of the social contract that americans have relied on for many decades.
for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> thanks, chris, and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead, it looks like obama/christie 2012. president obama in new jersey, governor chris christie today toured hard hit areas of hurricane sandy. their survey of the devastation reminded americans of how many people are suffering from the storm and how essential it is for government to help them. and then governor christie, the man mitt romney handpicked to give the keynote address at his convention began to praise president obama. >> obviously i want to thank the president. we spent a significant afternoon together surveying the damage up and down the new jersey coastline. we were on marine one together and we saw an opportunity to discuss it at length. and then going over to the shelter here, being able to meet with folks, seeing the president and his concern. he has sprung into action immediately while we were in the car riding together. so i want to thank him for that. he has worked incredibly closely with me since before the storm hit. this is our sixth con
will elect mr. mourdock to the u.s. senate. a year ago he was asked about a personhood bill on mike huckabee's show. here's what he said. >> would you have supported the constitutional amendment that life is established at conception? >> absolutely. >> absolutely. as for mr. mourdock, he believes that a woman must carry a rapist's baby because life is life, period. so does paul ryan. >> i've always adopted the idea that the method of conception doesn't change the definition of life. >> the method of conception. that's what we call rape. no wonder mitt romney can't reject mourdock. when it comes to policy, paul ryan and mourdock have the same position. the issue has now caught up with them all, just days before the election and president obama knows it. >> let me make you a single proposition. rape is rape. it is a crime. so these various distinctions about -- don't make so much sense to me. don't make any sense to me. this is why you don't want a bunch of politicians, mostly male, making decisions about women's health care decisions. >> 12 days ago, how long can governor romney hide in plain
. the president arrived there late today, and he went right after governor romney. >> i am not going to have us go back to another round of top-down economics, but that's what my opponent is offering. the centerpiece of governor romney's economic plan is a new $5 trillion tax cuts that favors the wealthiest americans, but most of the economists who have crunched the numbers said that paying for governor romney's tax plan -- one or the other. pick your poison. last week when we were on stage together. governor romney just pretended it didn't exist. what $5 trillion tax cut? i don't know anything about a $5 trillion tax cut. pay no attention for that tax cut under the carpet behind the curtain. >>> romney's pretending his tax cut plan doesn't exist, but the president won't let him get away with it. he also won't let him get away with hitting the middle class to protect his own tax rate. >> governor romney said it's fair he pays a lower tax rate than a teacher or autoworker who makes $50,000. he is wrong. i refuse to ask middle-class families to give up their deductions for own
earlier that he's a man that comes out of a private sector and he's used to saying whatever it takes to close the deal. well, that may work in business but will that work with voters if they feel you are not authentic, no core beliefs in anything, can they close the deal with someone that they don't believe really believes anything? >> well, this lack of core belief is certainly an issue but the worse in politics, reverend, is lack of respect. when you disrespect people and that's what we saw in that authentic moment of mitt romney when he was talking to all his rich friends, that he has content, disrespect for people, anybody who has any -- relies on government in any way, medicare, social security, veterans benefits, we're talking about active military. the disrespect that he showed is something that i think all voters ought to take with them to the voting booth. >> michelle, quickly, let me ask you -- i started with citing one poll has the president up, another romney up. what do you think 29 days out? >> serve kind of waiting for the shoe to drop. the president had a bad debate b
that took w., used him and dumped him in history's hamper. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >> thanks, chris. and thanks to you for tuning in. i'm live tonight in atlanta. more than 8 million people are still without power. after the devastating impact of hurricane sandy. 39 deaths are blamed on the storm and large parts of new jersey are still flooded. on the jersey shore, a roller coaster is now literally in the ocean. in new york city, scenes of devastation after a huge fire destroyed as many as 100 homes. and in midtown manhattan, officials are still trying to secure that crane dangling 74 stories above the streets after partially collapsing in high winds. but we begin with storm politics. with just seven days to go, the presidential race may hinge on how candidates respond to the storm. if they seem presidential or irrelevant. this october surprise has revealed a surprising new alliance. obama/christie. that's right. just listen to how the new jersey governor, a top romney surroga surrogate, heeds praise on pr
both war and in fighting for peace. and that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. i'll be back in one hour with another edition of "hardball." "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >> thanks, chris, and thanks to you for tuning in. we're just three hours away from the final debate and 15 days until election day. here's where this race stands. a new nbc poll shows president obama and mitt romney tied at 47% among likely voters. this is a dead heat. but the president is leading in the likely electoral count. the new yoknew yor york times b shows that the president has 288 compared to 2508 for mitt romney. 270 are needed to win the election. the times blog gives president obama a 67% chance of winning the election versus a 32% chance for mitt romney. so far, 4.4 million americans have already cast their votes, absentee ballots, or early votings have been used. later in this show, we'll have much more on what those early voting numbers mean and on the republican efforts to keep democratic votes down. but we start with tonight's lead. mitt romney's playing p
american of you. and that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> thanks, chris, and thanks to you for tuning in. i'm live tonight in atlanta. there are 11 days until election day and here is where the polls stand. president obama is polling at 50.2 of the national vote while governor romney gets 39%. the tim 49%. the president would win 294 electoral votes if the election were today, romney would get 244 electoral votes. 270 are needed to win the white house. and as of tonight, 10.2 million people have already voted. that includes nearly a million people just in ohio alone. more on that later. but we start with tonight's lead. race to the bottom. today the romney campaign is refusing to apologize for john sununu. >> when you take a look at colin powell, you have to wonder whether that's an endorsement based on issues or whether he's got a slightly different reason for preferring president obama. >> what reason would that snb. >> well, i applaud collin for standing with him. >> colin powell endorsed the president because they a
'm a minister. i'm used to converts but do they go back and forth? >> they don't usually go back and forth. they change upsides and stay there. i don't think he has any convictions. the late kennedy called him and used to say he was pro choice because he had a young relative die of a botched illegal abortion. he talked about why this is a personal issue to him. he doesn't talk about her, he doesn't talk about that, and he swings like what is often a very difficult and private issue for women and their families. >> irin, one thing that is not fluctuating is this 2012 gop party platform, which is the most anti-woman that i've seen. no aborrowintions in case of ra incest. they support a human life amendment that gives protection to fetuses and would ban many form of birth control. they support mandatory ultrasound. that fetuses can feel pain before they are viable. this is the platform of his party that they did not denounce. >> i think that the anti-choice movement has basically been accepting some incremental changes but right now especially because romney has swung so much, they demanded a
to go. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" start right now with al sharpton. >>> thanks, chris, and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead, governor romney is getting by on a zing and a prayer with just 36 days to go, things are getting desperate for team romney. the bad news keeps piling up. the latest swing state polls show him trailing the president by 11 points. 11. fox business is reporting that romney is losing donors to republican house and senate candidates. they are moving their money because they think he's going to lose. so much for the liberal media bias. that was a fox report. even conservatives are arguing that this wednesday's debate is do or die. >> you just heard paul ryan say that romney will offer the country a clear choice of two different economic futures. is that what romney needs to do wednesday? is that enough? >> well, i think it would be good to just win the debate. that's my advice to governor romney and it's time to begin panicking a little bit. >> time to begin panicking? but don't worry, governor romney has a soluti
month and certainly obama made us all aware of that. and i was just thinking, you know, to support anti-bullying month, you're supposed to have it mix it up at lunch day, have people sit by different people that they don't know about. who should romney sit with? a woman, a poor person? it seem like there's a lot of people that this bullying romney doesn't really have a good touch with. >> no, he sure doesn't. well, let me get to some of the substance of the debate, governor. let me go back to you. the president repeatedly went after romney on both the vagueness and unfairness of the economics of his plan. take a listen. >> governor romney says he has a five-point plan? governor romney doesn't have a five-point plan. he has a one-point plan and that plan is to make sure that folk at the top play by a different set of rule. now, governor romney was a very successful investor. if somebody came to you, governor, with a plan that said, here, i want to spend seven or eight trillion dollars and we're going to pay for it but we can't tell you until maybe after the election how we're going to do
thompson live at battery park in lower manhattan right on the water. good evening and tell us what is the latest down there. >> good evening, reverend sharpton. well, let me tell you, we've got one of the bands of sandy coming through. the wind has picked up, the rain has picked up. new york harbor, which is behind me, it is beginning to lap the promenade. we're at a high point in the promenade here at battery park city. down where tl is lower, the water is already coming up on to the promenade. they are concerned about storm surge. that is what everybody is going to be watching for the next 4, 4 1/2 hours. new york city officials think that the storm surge will hit here in new york harbor sometime between 8:00 and 9:00. high tide is scheduled for 8:506789 so wh8:50. when you combine the fact that it's a full moon which means high tides anyway, plus this outrageously huge hurricane that is coming our way, all of that spells trouble. and that is why there is a mandatory evacuation in this area here at battery park and much of the financial district. people were told to leave their h
for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >> thanks, chris, and thanks to you for tuning in. 13 days until election day. here's where the race stands. the "new york times" 538 blog shows president obama leading the national poll average with 50% of the popular vote. mitt romney has 48.9%. and according to 538, if the election were held today, the president would win re-election well 288 electoral votes. romney would get 250. it takes 270 votes to win the white house. a brand new ohio poll gives the president a five-point lead in that crucial state propelled by a two to one average in early voting. as of tonight, 6.5 million people have already voted in this election. with over a million voting in just the last 24 hours. we'll have much more on the early vote later on in this show. but we start with tonight's lead. hiding in plain sight. we know the republican party has been taken over by its far right wing and mitt romney has been dancing as fast as he can to present a moderate face to the country. he did it in the debates and he's trying to do it in the home s
that this election could. thanks for joining us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >> thanks, chris. and thanks to you for tuning in. i'm coming to you live tonight from philadelphia. tonight's lead, undercover boss. we know mitt romney is the candidate for the 1%. his tax plan is a handout to ceos, to the people in the quiet rooms. his policies are geared towards those who are most well off. we know that. but now we are learning something else and it raises the question of whether he and some prominent ceos are trying to scare workers in this election. in a newly surfaced conference call to a business group, mr. romney spent many minutes criticizing president obama. then, he is heard urging employers to tell their workers how to vote. >> i hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections. >> what is in the best interest of their job? and after everything i just told you, you know what that means. romney went on to say this. >> whether you agree with me or pres
and i have talked about this almost a year. many people have fought in the courts and many of us marching in the streets, but today was good because in your district at least this election, they will not face this impediment. >> well, and more than that, because, you know, we're focused on this election and we're less than 1,000 hours away from election day on november 6th. i don't know if people are voting in early voting around the country, they are today, but we have to remember this beyond this election season. we have to continue to fight these impediments. you know, when this country's constitution was written right here in philadelphia, you know, there were some challenges then that had to be overcome so that african-americans could get the right to vote, so that women could get the right to vote, so that young people, we changed the age from 21 to 18. this has always been a struggle. so, we are a new strugle and we can't ever forget the fact that this party, the republican party, the party of lincoln, walked away from its principles and tried to actually deny people the r
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with us on this night of good economic news. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >> thanks, chris, and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead, governor romney's got a math problem. for months mitt romney has hammered president obama about job growth. elect me, i can turn the economy around. but today the rationale for his entire campaign is crumbling. the new job numbers are out and unemployment has dropped to 7.8%. under 8% for the first time since president obama first came into office. that's progress on jobs and that's good for america. but it's absolutely demolishes a favorite romney talking point. >> three years later, unemployment is still above 8%. >> we've gone 41 months with unemployment above 8%. >> we've had 42 straight months with unemployment above 8%. >> still 8% with over 43 straight months. >> today, that talking point disintegrated and president obama has a strong record to campaign on. >> this morning we found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to the lowest level since i took office. but today's news certainly is not an excuse to try to talk
of the hypocrisy of the gop? >> we knew about the letters and they have been used before. they have used them in stump speeches. to see him confronted with it on the stage there, i think that was the essence of what made biden successful last night and verges of that were repeated over and over again. the week before the president thought he was going to rise above the fray and he really did it very successfully tied ryan to some of the unpopular things that the house republicans have done on issue after issue. he kept it to him all 90 minutes. >> and marge, it wasn't just a gotchya moment. they have been making all of this stink about the stimulus. >> when politicians do one thing and say another, nothing else says more, i would like something in my district. biden added a lot of detail. so it really was engaging. it was a very specific fact check but also engaging. i wish we had joe biden, instead of close captions, you had joe biden interpreting everything that paul ryan said. it would be great if we had joe biden comments. it's important to not let these candidate get away showing that th
. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >> thanks, chris. thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead, the romney campaign can't handle the truth. we talked a lot about mitt romney lurking to the senate to attract moderate voters but on one big issue, being there for the middle class, the romney evasions have just gone too far and now he and his campaign have been caught. he's trying to hide the simple fact that if he sticks to his plan, he will have to raise taxes on the middle class and he's been shredding the truth to say that's not true. it's something every voter should want to know the facts about. for weeks, romney's been saying that there are six studies that defend his tax plan, 67 million americans saw him, romney himself, make that claim in the first debate against the president. >> i will lower tacks on middle income families. now, you cite a study. there are six other studies that say it's completely wrong. >> so six studies say it's completely wrong? congressman ryan made that same point in his debate with vice president biden with mo
. the stakes are even higher. joining us from hofstra university, the site of tonight's debate, is howard dean, former governor of vermont and former chairman of the democratic national committee. thanks for your time tonight, governor. >> thanks. nice to be here. this loud place tonight. they're ready for them. >> let me ask you, governor, you and i have been in debates together in 2004. president obama said he was too polite in the last debate. what are we going to see from him tonight n your opinion, governor? >> well, the american people root for the underdog. i thinthe president is the underdog in tonight's debate and he needs to come out smoking. he needs to call mitt romney on things he said. he took three positions on taxes and three positions on immigration, annual a week before the debate last time. i think the president will call him on that and then the president has to go ahead and say what he's going to do, because mitt romney has no plan for the economy, he has no plan for defense and he has no plan, period. the only plan he has is he wants to be president of the united states.
could have gone a whole different way. and that's hardball for now. thanks for being with us. politics nation with al sharpton starts right now. >>> thanks, chris. and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead. the real mitt romney. there's been a lot of talk about last night's debate. who won, who lost. but the real debate last night was between mitt romney and mitt romney. and being so contradictory, mr. romney opened a huge line of attack for the president. not just for 90 minutes, but for the 33 days until this election. and today in a blistering speech, the president took full advantage of the opportunity that romney's dishonest performance invited. >> when i got on to the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. but it couldn't have been mitt romney. because the real mitt romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy, the fellow on stage last night said he didn't know anything about that. the real mitt romney said we don't need any more teachers in our classrooms. but don't boo,
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